• Eric Kandel’s Reductionism in Art and Brain Science – Bridging the Two Cultures

    Cerebrum Book Review

    There are as many questions as answers when it comes to treating people with brain injuries. What is the capacity of brains to recover? How do we know that our assessments are accurately describing what's going on in a patient's mind? What does society morally owe these patients and families? Joseph J. Fins' book reflects his role as co-director at the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury. Reviewed by Arthur L. Caplan.

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  • Cerebrum - Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.

    The Brain’s Emotional Development

    Brain research that is helping scientists to learn about areas crucial to emotional development could have far-reaching implications for both parents and policy-makers. Joining us on this month’s podcast is Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University and author our most recent Cerebrum article, “The Brain’s Emotional Development.”

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    El Envejecimiento Provechoso y el Cerebro

    ¿Quieres aprender más sobre el envejecimiento provechoso? ¡Mira nuestro anunció de servicio público, recientemente traducido en español! 

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    Summer 2017 Brainy Reading List

    Summer is finally here! We have eight brainy book suggestions, all written by members of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) or prominent neuroscientists, to take to the pool, beach, or wherever you enjoy a little bit of sun.

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    In the Lab

    Dana Alliance member Nancy Ip, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, talks about the China Brain Project as well as about her work on IL-33 and Alzheimer's disease, (PDF)

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    'Exercise and the Brain' Wins Northwest Emmy Award

    Congratulations to executive producers Cara Podenski and Eric Chudler and the team at the University of Washington for their 2017 Northwest Emmy Award win for the program “Exercise and the Brain!” Hosted by Chudler, the video discusses the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning, and is part of the BrainWorks series, which aims to educate children about the wonders of neuroscience. The Dana Foundation partnered on this project.

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Top Stories

Targeting Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Neurodegenerative Disease

by Kayt Sukel

Some brain disorders are linked to problems with mitochondria, which power cells among other critical functions. Researchers find that Improving their function and increasing their numbers might stem some diseases and reduce symptoms of others. A recent mouse study found one compound that increases counts—and also a possible method of measuring mitochondrial success.

Tracing the ‘Love’ Signal

by Carl Sherman

How do we choose our partners? In voles, researchers find the stronger a certain brain circuit’s connections are, the stronger the bond—and timing is important.

Primary Visual Cortex Changes Throughout Life

by Kayt Sukel

The idea of critical periods in brain development was born from classic research on the visual cortex. Now scientists have found that proteins governing synapses in the visual system change at various stages of our lives, not just in our earliest years.

Understanding Human Decision-Making: Neuroeconomics

by Paul W. Glimcher, Ph.D.

Paul_Glimcher_80In the past few decades, neuroscientists have made strides towards understanding where in the brain subjective value is represented and steps towards understanding how it is constructed. One in our series of Reports on Progress.

Migraines Go Green

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbThe sensitivity of migraineurs to bright light has been known for many years, but studies of how that sensitivity might work have been lacking until a few years ago.  Our monthly column, by Guy McKhann, M.D., in Brain in the News.

Who's in Charge?

Brenda Patoine

Sameer Sheth

Sameer Sheth's discovery of conflict-sensitive cells in the cortex helps shed light on the neural circuitry of cognitive control. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.




Olfaction: Smell of Change in the Air

August 21, 2017

by Richard L. Doty, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

Our sense of smell is more sophisticated than previously thought, impacts our mood and behavior, and has the potential to detect and treat some neurological disorders.

Events and Deadlines

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

11/9/2017- 11/10/2017

International Neuroethics Society

Washington, DC

Merging Minds & Technology: Transform Classrooms with Robotics, Brain Science, and Virtual/Maker Spaces

11/10/2017- 11/12/2017

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Neuroscience 2017

11/11/2017- 11/15/2017

Society for Neuroscience

Washington, DC

Featured Publications

Brain Terms Glossary

Brain Terms Glossary - Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary. (PDF)

Featured Video

To prevent or slow cognitive decline in later life, one should adopt as many healthy lifestyle choices as possible, researcher Ian Deary tells an audience at the Royal Society. For more coverage, see our story on the lecture.